The Secrets We Conceal

A gripping, women's fiction about child sexual abuse, healing and how love conquers all

Fiction - Womens
362 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2022
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Author Biography

I was born and raised a Yankee who loves New York style pizza and Philly cheesesteaks. I was introduced to the amazing world of Southern barbecue after moving to Tennessee, where I live with my husband and two children. My family is my main priority. Everything I do is for them. I attended college in the 1990s and earned a degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education.

I went on to own a cheer gym and dance studio, where I coached cheerleading and dance for over twenty years and won a Hip Hop Dance World Championship. I was named USASF Dance Coach of the year in 2014 and currently host dance events throughout the USA with Stage 8 Dance Brands.

I published my award-winning debut novel (women’s coming of age fiction) The Secrets We Conceal in March of 2022, and I am currently working on a second novel. I took a joyful break from fiction writing to create the MY JOURNAL SERIES and MY FIREFLY JOURNAL.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

It was in the fall of 1985 that Laura’s woes began. She was only nine years old, the last child of loving parents who traveled. Laura always stayed at her cousin’s place whenever her parents went on their trips, but it soon became a nightmare. Her cousin’s dad, Uncle Max, returned from active duty with obscene intentions. He sexually assaulted Laura until everything about her felt useless and tainted. Who could she tell? Who would believe her? Laura bottled up the pain and took her anger out on teachers, academics, men, and everyone else. Then, out of the blue, the most irritating yet daring man showed up with enough love to attract the saints. Will Laura’s demons stand in the way of love? Find out in The Secrets We Conceal by S. R. Fabrico.

After some years in the medical profession, a few things still scare or horrify me. Child sexual molestation/assault and defilement, especially by family members, are some of the things that give me chills. I cannot imagine the powerlessness, panic, betrayal, and defeat felt by the victim. The Secrets We Conceal by S. R. Fabrico made my heart ache for Laura. She was a warrior! I cried every time Max hurt her and kept praying not to fail my children. Child molestation and sexual abuse often occur with the most trusted people. However, the victim doesn’t just forget. There are ripple effects that manifest even in adulthood. This book is an awakening to parents. We must endeavor to prioritize our kids, be approachable, pay more attention to them, and take every mood change seriously. Fabrico is a fantastic storyteller with a captivating writing style. I loved the dialog flow, character development, and plot. This book was very educative, and I hope to read Susie’s story. Great job!